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Jun 4, 2006 - The Last Car Ferry: From Zakynthos to The Peloponnese

The Last Car Ferry: perhaps a title for a major motion picture set on the Mediterranean seas starring Russell Crowe as a macho Greek-Australian ferry boat captain and Jennifer Anistonopoulos as a Greek waitress working on board, making Nescafe frappes and microwaving cheese pitas all day, and secretly lusting after the captain? Crowe's character, however, only has eyes for a topless sunbather he spies through his binoculars every day as they cruise into port... Such is the nonsense we dream up once our laptop batteries run flat on our...

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Jun 4, 2006 - The Logic of Greece

Lara looks for logic everywhere in Greece, but it can't be found. It's lost, like Terry's favourite jacket that he left on one of the ferries. Lara suggested they go to the ferry ticket office, that they must have a 'lost and found box', but Terry reminds her "We're in Greece!" and reminds her of a flight they took that called into Crete... Having to get off the plane and wait in the transit lounge while refuelling, the Olympic airlines cleaners 'cleaned' the plane. When they returned to their seats, two new magazines Terry had just...

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Oct 11, 2005 - Katakolon

We opened the curtains this morning to bright sunshine. We were anchored off Katakolon, a small Greek town 38 Km from Mount Olympus where the original Olympic Games started. We had breakfast on our balcony watching the tenders take passengers to the dockside, then got dressed and went down to take the tender ourselves over to the town. It is a very pleasant seaside town with typical tourist shops. There were beaches on either side of the harbour and we walked from one to the other, browsing the shops on the way and stopping for a cool drink...

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Jul 24, 2005 - Olympia, Greece

Sunday, July 24. Olympia, Greece. No visit to Greece is complete without seeing ancient Olympia, birthplace of the modern Olympic games. From Delphi, it's about a three hour drive south to the Peloponnese island of Greece. We decided to stay at our first youth hostel (24 Euro/double). The site is a short walk across a bridge from the modern village of Olympia. The first official quadrennial Olympic Games, held in honor of Zeus, occurred in 776 BC. The modern Olympic Games began in 1896, and except during World War I and II, have been held...

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Apr 12, 2005 - Pygros 5th April

Today we got up early to catch the 8.04 train to Pygros. On the way there we read about a railway that goes up a canyon, so we thought we would stop and take a ride on it. The first train was fully booked so we had to wait for the second train (which was 2 hours later). We cought the train and although it was great scenery it wasn't much to rave about. It took an hour to go up and an hour to come down. Lucky the next train to Pygros left straight away. 3 hours later we had arrived. We found a hotel (again closest to the railway station) and...

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Jan 9, 2005 - Olympia

So this time we left earlier and arrived in Olympia with plenty of time before it closed! Olympia dates back to the first Olympics in 776 BC but evidence suggests that Olympia was being used even before that time. What an amazing site. The weather was very warm so it was perfect for walking around. Olympia is a must see when travelling to Greece. It was fascinating to see where the first Olympics were held. Lisa and I ran the track. I felt like an Oympian! It is a very large area. The Emperor Nero kept a home there, as well accomodations...

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